Bridesmaids’ jewelry can be a way to thank your girls for being there for you on your big day, and can be a way to add another design element in your wedding. If you have looked at some jewelry, you know that it can be expensive, so why not think outside of the box and make your own? … read more
After choosing a bridesmaids’ dress, I quickly began to think about accessories. Because of the ruffled halter neck, we collectively agreed that a necklace would be unnecessary. I wanted a very Southern, yet “colorful coastal” style to the whole day.
So, I decided (and the BMs agreed) that it would look lovely to have no necklace, simple pearl earrings, and updos. The updos are for another post, and the girls provided their own pearls (everyone already owned a pair of some sort, and I didn’t care if they were an exact match). However, I did want some kind of fun jewelry. Since I knew that people have their own rings (wedding rings, class rings, heirlooms, or just things they love—I feel like most girls have a couple of rings that they wear every day), I decided that the safest bet would be a bracelet.
I looked online at Kate Spade bangles and beaded roll over bracelets, but didn’t want huge stacks and thought they looked kinda off on their own.
While I am having seven people standing up with me, only five of those people are bridesmaids. We’ll get to the boys another day, because one decision I spent a lot of Google time on was the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Being in a wedding is expensive. Especially for the ladies. I really didn’t feel comfortable asking my bridesmaids to spend a lot of money on dresses.
The problem? Bridesmaids’ dresses are pretty expensive.
The other problem? I had a vision.
When I have a vision, I’m pretty set on making it happen. I had fallen in love with these dresses on Pinterest.
I loved the convertible chiffon. I was in love with the almost-taupe colour of the dress. The problem is that I didn’t love the price of Jenny Yoo dresses. I refused to make my bridesmaids spend anything over $200 on a dress.
Hive, one last DIY for old times’ sake? You may recall that I used brooches as numerous accents in my wedding, but for the sake of this post I used them specifically on our wedding cake and as part of my bouquet. Well, the wedding is several months past now and I was holding on to them for sentimental reasons—but have I mentioned how much I hate clutter? I was pondering whether I should get rid of them when I saw this amazing necklace on Pinterest…and it kinda dawned on me that it looked like my brooches, and inspiration struck!!! I’ll turn them into a personal, sentimental statement necklace! And thus, our DIY is born.
I decided to use these five brooches, the two from the cake and three from the bouquet. I started out by simply laying them out on my horribly dirty windowsill with lots of natural light until I found an arrangement that I thought would work nicely.
To me, nothing makes a gift feel more thoughtful than a little personalization. And what better way to do that than with a monogram? Whether you are looking for a gift for your mom, grandma, bridesmaids, sister, or friends, a monogrammed necklace is useful and unique. I have a monogrammed necklace that I wear almost daily, but with the big name change coming up, I’m looking into getting a few different ones to mix it up!
In a previous post, I talked to you guys about Chinese wedding traditions that we’ll be including in the wedding. I also talked about the Chinese tea ceremony and its importance (and I may have overused the Jared Leto GIF, just a bit).
In this post, I’ll talk about the “Western” wedding traditions that we’ll have at the wedding.
Unlike the Chinese traditions, we’ll only have a few key Western traditions for our wedding. Mr. Big’s parents are too traditional and Mumma/MIL Bighorn doesn’t have any Dutch traditions that she wanted us doing.
This post isn’t necessarily for those wanting to know about Western traditions, but more for those interested in knowing, as these traditions are pretty common in Western weddings.
The “It’s Bad Luck for the Groom to See the Bride Before the Ceremony” Tradition
This is a quintessentially Western tradition and originated during the time when arranged marriages were common.
If someone were to ask me “What’s your fashion style?” I would probably say “sparkly and sexy.” I like big earrings & lots of sparkle, and a V-neck top has never done me wrong. When it came to choosing my wedding jewelry, however, I went for understated and simple because I thought that it looked more “bridal.” I don’t know how I got to this conclusion, but I think I had become influenced by pictures of what I found in wedding magazines rather than focusing on my own personal style.
This weekend, while Mr. G wasn’t at home, I tried on my wedding dress and all of my accessories. Why? Because I love trying on my wedding dress and looking at myself in the mirror. (Do any other brides do this or am I just obsessed?) My dress was just as beautiful as the day I tried it on, but I felt that something just wasn’t right—it was the wedding jewelry, or lack of. I had decided to not wear a necklace and leave the focus on my sweetheart neckline. I thought the simple styling would make me look young and fresh.
Looking in the mirror this weekend, I realized that I had made a bad decision. I just looked plain and not at all like the sparkly jewelry wearing girl that I am. I really needed to add some bling to my attire! I still wanted to look bridal, but I also wanted to look like myself. I started looking online for crystal statement necklaces that I thought would add a nice “wow” factor to my wedding attire and complement my neckline. I narrowed it down to three options.
I love how bright and shiny this necklace is. / Photo from Etsy shop BijouxandCouture